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Building a Coach House in Vancouver

We were privileged to interview master builder, Sherman Peng of URBANSCAPE PROJECT LTD, who shared his insights and walked us through a recent coach house project on the Vancouver Westside.

This brief video shows how he converts a garage into a 1 bedroom and den, 700 SF, 2 level coach house on a 33 ft x 120 ft lot in Kerrisdale:

What is the difference between a coach house vs laneway house? 

A coach or carriage house is a general term for a 2nd house on the lot.

In Vancouver, a coach house was only allowed on a single family lot with a large area or in-fill lots.  Application is usually approved in conjunction with other land development application or preservation of an existing character building.  A laneway house is the same use as a coach house but was created by the City of Vancouver to increase housing density in a single family zone.


How does one go about getting a coach or laneway house built and what is the process?  




How long did it take you to build this coach house? 

3 to 4 months


What is the cost? 

Based on the size and configurations such as one storey or one-and-a-half storey, parking stalls, building style and sizes, the cost can vary between $200K to $300K


If you would like to learn more or are interested in building a coach or laneway house,  contact Sherman Peng of URBANSCAPE PROJECT LTD at (778) 861-7686.

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